September 1, 2008

Russia: More Details, Rumours Emerge About Ingush Website Owner’s Killing

Excerpt from report by Gazprom-owned, editorially independent Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy on 1 September

[Presenter] The well-known opposition figure and owner of the website Magomed Yevloyev was buried in Ingushetia today. Yesterday, he was fatally wounded after being detained by police at Magas airport.

He had arrived there aboard the same flight as the president of Ingushetia, Murat Zyazikov. There are unconfirmed reports today that there had been an extremely sharp exchange between Zyazikov and Yevloyev during the flight.

The official version is that Yevloyev was accidentally shot by a policeman from whom he was trying to seize a gun. Criminal proceedings have been instituted over Yevloyev's death under the article on manslaughter. [Passage omitted: website's lawyers want the case to be reassigned as murder]

More reports are coming in about the circumstances of yesterday's incident. The same website reports that R3m were stolen from the killed website owner. According to the website, before his detention, Yevloyev had on him a bag with a laptop and a large sum of money. He had told about the money by telephone an Ingush opposition leader, Maksharip Aushev, who confirms this. However, when Yevloyev's body was found, he only had a mobile phone on him.

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Originally published by Ekho Moskvy radio, Moscow, in Russian 1400 1 Sep 08.

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